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Among the Scientologists: History, Theology, and Praxis

Donald Westbrook


The Church of Scientology is one of the most recognizable American-born new religious movements, but perhaps the least understood. Based on six years of interviews, fieldwork, and research conducted among Scientologists in the United States, this groundbreaking work examines features of the new religion’s history, theology, and praxis from 1950 to 2018. While academics have begun to pay more attention to Scientology, the subject has received remarkably little qualitative attention in the secondary literature. Indeed, no work has systematically addressed questions such as: What do Scientologist ... More

Keywords: Scientology, Scientologists, Church of Scientology, Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige, Sea Organization, Office of Special Affairs, new religious movements, sociology of religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190664978
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190664978.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Westbrook, author
Faculty for the Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG), Antwerp